June 8, 2010

What's News - Tuesday Times summer schedule; One CPH; First grads of global health specialization; Picnic with the Pops; Nominate a Champion
Faces and Places - Epi doctoral student presents at annual cancer research meeting in D.C.
Useful Tidbits - Pelotonia needs you; Cancer research opportunities; Watch Ohio State videos in one place; Digital Union hosts Carmen workshops; Upcoming webinar, conference
The World We Live In - Marion County to combat obesity with jazz; Studies show personal income has effect on eating habits; Link between tanning beds, melanoma grows stronger
Photo Finish - Message from home?

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Tuesday Times summer schedule

Beginning today, Tuesday Times will "publish" every other Tuesday during the summer months. The newsletter will resume its regular weekly schedule beginning Sept. 21. Autumn quarter begins Sept. 22.


Members of the college's Center for Public Health Practice and the Office of Academic Programs attended a university "cultural unfreezing retreat" on campus last Thursday and Friday (June 3-4). The two-day seminars are designed to get employees thinking about their own habits and behaviors as a way to become more productive team players.

"The retreat reinforced existing practices and introduced some new concepts that will sustain and strengthen our team-centered operations," said Michael Bisesi, associate dean of academic affairs and director of CPHP.

A retreat is scheduled for the college's leadership team this Thursday and Friday (June 10-11.) Learn more about the retreats here >

First grads of global health specialization

Public health students Chris Volpe and April Hoyt are among the first four students to graduate from the new Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization in Global Health program. Both received certificates yesterday (June 7) from Steven G. Gabbe, senior vice president for Health Sciences, and Health Sciences Center for Global Health co-directors Mary Ellen Wewers and Daniel Sedmak.

Volpe, who has a bachelor's degree in photography from Ohio State, did his practicum in Mexico, where he assisted low-income patients from Nuevo Progreso with their health concerns. He will begin working toward an MHA degree this fall. His academic advisor is Randi Love, clinical associate professor in the Division of Health Behavior and Health Promotion.

Hoyt, who also is graduating this quarter with an MHA degree, has accepted a position in strategic development at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach, Fla. But before heading to sunny Florida, she will travel to Lima, Peru, where she'll volunteer in a long-term care facility for the elderly and disabled. Her academic advisors are Ann S. McAlearney and Sharon Schweikhart, associate professors in the Division of Health Services Management and Policy.

April Hoyt (second from left in first photo) and Chris Volpe (second from left in second photo) receive certificates from Daniel Sedmak, Mary Ellen Wewers and Steven G. Gabbe.

Picnic with the Pops, July 30

The College of Public Health, in cooperation with all health sciences colleges, invite alumni, friends, staff and faculty to Picnic with the Pops featuring the Ohio State Marching Band on July 30. Discounted tickets are available. When you register you automatically get reserved seating. For more information and to register, click here >

Nominate a Champion
Nominations are now being accepted for 2010 Champions of Public Health. The awards are presented each fall to individuals and organizations that personify the College of Public Health's mission of improving the lives of Ohio's citizens. Nomination deadline is June 30. Questions? Contact Christine O'Malley at comalley@cph.osu.edu. View the nomination form here >

NOTE: The CPH Alumni Society Wine Tasting scheduled for Thursday (June 10) has been cancelled.

Epi doctoral student presents at annual cancer research meeting in D.C.

Marisa Bittoni, a doctoral candidate in the Division of Epidemiology, presented a poster titled "Assessment of Obesity and Lifestyle Risk Factors on Stage of Endometrial Cancer" at the American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., on April 18. "My research showed that obesity is an independent predictor of early-stage endometrial cancer," said Bittoni, who is interested in lifestyle risk factors and cancer prevention. Her academic advisor is Electra Paskett, Marion N. Rowley Professor of Cancer Research.

Pelotonia needs you

Ohio State will sponsor a series of rider recruitment events in the coming weeks for Pelotonia 2010, the bike tour that raises money for cancer research at the university and its medical centers. Faculty and staff members who register to ride are eligible to win a 2010 Honda Accord and two Giant Defy Advanced bicycles. Join President Gordon Gee at a kickoff event from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Thursday (June 10) on the Oval in front of Bricker Hall. Also meet President Gee and Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on June 15 in Scott Lab, room 100E. Learn more >

Interested in joining the College of Public Health's Peloton? Contact Communications Director and Pelotonia rider Christine O'Malley at comalley@cph.osu.edu. (To learn more about the OSU Public Health Buckeyes team or to donate, click here >.)

Cancer research opportunities

The Pelotonia Fellowship Program is accepting applications for undergraduate- and graduate-student fellowships. Up to 25 Ohio State undergraduate students will receive $12K for one-year cancer research fellowships.  Deadline is June 15. Up to 16 Ohio State graduate students will receive 2-year cancer research fellowships. Deadline is July 1. For more information http://cancer.osu.edu or e-mail Jeffrey.Mason@osumc.edu.

Watch Ohio State videos in one place

Ohio State's New Media department has created two web pages to house the many videos and social media products being created throughout the university. Visit http://www.osu.edu/watch/ to watch and upload videos. Visit http://www.osu.edu/interact/ to read Ohio State Twitter and Facebook feeds and to view the Image of the Day and O-H-I-O photos.

Digital Union hosts Carmen workshops, today through June 22

The Digital Union is offering a variety of Carmen workshops, June 8-22, in the Science and Engineering Library for those who need help with Carmen. Carmen experts will present general Quick Start workshops and specialized workshops on Gradebook, communications and quizzes. Participants will learn how to streamline workflow and engage students with online discussions, surveys, quizzes and other electronic resources. Register here >

Western Pennsylvania Smoke-free Campus Initiatives Webinar, June 29

The Reduce Smoking and Exposure to Tobacco (ReSET) Center of the University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Public Health will hold a webinar from 3-5 p.m. on June 29. Participate online here >

BU Conference on Communication, Medicine, Ethics, June 28-30

The Boston University School of Public Health is co-hosting the eighth annual Communication, Medicine and Ethics (COMET) Conference June 28-30. COMET unites healthcare practitioners, public health professionals and researchers from a wide range of social science disciplines concerned with issues of communication and ethics in the fields of health care and the human and social sciences. This will be the first time the international conferece will held in the United States. Learn more >


Marion County to combat obesity with jazz
The NAACP in Marion, Ohio, is partnering with the Marion Public Health Department in hosting a community jazz concert on June 19 that'll also include free health checks for residents. (Reported by the Marion Star.) Read more > The newspaper also recently reported that nearly 40 percent of second-, third- and fourth-grade students in Marion County were either overweight or obese during the 2009-2010 school year. Read more >
Studies show personal income has effect on eating habits
The smaller the paycheck, the bigger the belly, say many public health researchers. (Reported by the Detroit Free Press.) Read more >
Link between tanning beds, melanoma grows stronger
People who have ever used tanning machines were 74 percent more likely to develop melanoma than others, according to a recent public health study. (Reported by USAToday.) Read more >

MESSAGE FROM HOME? -- Ann McAlearney, associate professor in the Division of Health Services Management and Policy, snapped this photo while perusing a souvenir shop in Copenhagen, Denmark, on Sunday (June 6).

Even though the message means "I love Copenhagen," the T-shirt reminded her of home.

McAlearney has been in Europe on faculty leave since December. She is serving as a visiting professor in the department of Corporate Strategy and Innovation at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Lausanne, Switzerland.

"I've been exploring the linkages between organizational culture and quality improvement in health care, specifically considering issues associated with variability in country (national) culture," McAlearney said via e-mail yesterday.

McAlearney returns to the States later this month.


Photo Request:
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College of Public Health Class of 2010 Graduation Reception: 11:15-12:30 p.m., The Fawcett Center, 2400 Olentangy River Rd., rooms C and D. Lunch served at 11:30 a.m. Program begins at noon. RSVP to rsvp@cph.osu.edu by June 7.


Spring Quarter Commencement: Noon, Ohio Stadium

HSMP Class of 2010 Graduation Reception: 4-6 p.m., Sanders Grand Lounge, Longaberger Alumni House, 2200 Olentangy River Rd. Casual dinner and awards program. For more information, contact Amy Thaci at Thaci.1@osu.edu.


Picnic with the Pops: Discount tickets are available for all Ohio State health sciences alumni to attend a Picnic with the Pops concert featuring the Ohio State marching band on July 30 on the lawn of Chemical Abstracts Service, 2540 Olentangy River Rd. Cost: $16 adults; $11 children; and free for children 2 and younger. Gates open at 6 p.m. For more information and to register, click here >

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